Sunday, February 25, 2018

Bear Hugs Enclosed

After the shootings a week and a half ago, I felt like I needed to make some cards that held lots of love for the recipients. This is one that I made using Hugs by Concord & 9th. Just got this in the mail recently from Drive By Crafts. I stamped and embossed him with Clear EP, and then colored with Copic markers. Then I used my handcut cloud stencil to make my sky, and blended the sky into the sponged grass.

I gave him a little shadow, added a wood heart from Stampin' Up! and he is ready to mail! Send a little love this week. It may be the boost someone needs to keep on the bright side.
Allsorts - Use Something Beginning with B 
Crafty Calendar - 2 or More Layers 
Send a Smile for Kids - Anything Goes or Cards for Teens
Sweet Stampin - Spring Has Sprung 
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes   
Aud Sentiments Challenge - For A Friend
Cute Card Thursday - Cute Critters

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Coffee and Donuts, Anyone?

Today I am sharing a quick, fun card using a sweet set called You & Me from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. It comes in both clear and digital formats. I have the clear set. So many fun images and sentiments to go with it! I made this for my Valentine this year! It was very easy to put together and color, and gave me a chance to use several patterned papers! 
Stamps: You & Me (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps)
Paper: Poptone Sweet Tooth (base), Whisper White, Love Blossoms DP (SU!), Paper House DSP Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Copic markers
Accessories: arrow die, corrugated cardboard heart, SB circle die, Momenta doily 

Brown Sugar - February - Valentine's Day  
Kitty Bee Designs - Anything Goes optional/ Love and Marriage
Quick Quotes - February Love 
Craft Rocket Challenges - Love 
Through the Purple Haze - Add Some Turquoise

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Distress Oxides and Shimmerz

Today I am playing in the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge. Our inspiration was Schreiner's Iris Gardens. SO many beautiful flowers with many colors! I chose this daylily called All Revved Up for my inspiration.

My background was made with Distress Oxides. I sponged them on my cardstock, and then spritzed with water. When dry, I added Shimmerz Paint Spray in Pearl to add a LOT of sparkle! The sentiment (Heart Filled Sentiments) and Falling Hearts Panel are from Reverse Confetti. 

I stamped the sentiment in VersaFine Onyx Black on vellum, and then decided to make it super sparkly. I embossed with Vanilla Ice EP (Sparkle N Sprinkle) and it looks so much cooler IRL than in the photos!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Monoprinting with Gel Press

As you might know, I love to use my gel plates and make oodles of monoprints! The trick for me is then getting them on a card! I love to just look at them. This one was made with a 3 x 5 Gel Press Plate -- my favorite new size! It's a little less mess, because of the smaller base, and is perfect when you don't want the entire background of your project covered.

I thought this stencil looked industrial enough to pair with this little robot from Printworks (a Hobby Lobby 75% off fabulous find!). I used orange acrylic paint for the first generation print (and only one stencil pattern), but you can see where it picked up some pink from a previous print. I love that!

The robot was stamped with Ranger Archival Black ink and colored with Copics. This is a thank you card. The inside says "A million thanks" which I thought fit with the stencil pattern as well.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Beary Best

Happy Valentine's Day!

This adorable little guy is from Concord and 9th. It's the cutest set - and you can make oodles of different bears with accessories! I chose to keep him simple, and added an acrylic heart and arrow to help bring home the truth of the sentiment. One of the stamps is that cute striped background. I cut out my bear using the matching die.

I added some white pom pom trim from my stash, a white doily, and some sweet patterned paper with hearts and clouds. This is going out to my son and his wife (and sweet granddaughter) who are expecting my first grandson in about a month! Just sending some love their way  - 1300 miles away! (Sniff.)

Stamps: Hi There Bear (Concord & 9th)
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black & Vintage Sepia, Altenew Razzleberry, Pinkalicious & Pink Diamond
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Desert Storm, Doodlebug Sweetheart DP
Accessories: Heart & Arrow embellishments (Hobby Lobby), pom pom trim (Really Reasonable Ribbon), white doily (Michael's)

Crafting By Designs - Valentine 
Little Red Wagon - Love 
Paper Shelter Challenge - Decorate It/Embellishments 
Die Cuttin' Divas - Valentine's Day
Stamps & Fun = Creativity - HEARTS

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

You Painted With What?

Today I am sharing a card made by painting my image using pen ink! The sandpipers and sentiment (Stampin' Up!) were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I outlined parts of the birds with an Elegant Writer Pen, and then added water with an aqua brush. As you pull the color out, it turns blue and then light pink - all from adding a little black pen! I love this technique! I think it gives the impression of ocean waves. What do you think?

Challenges for this card:
A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Goes 
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes  
Incy Wincy Designs - CLEAN AND SIMPLE 

Monday, February 12, 2018

For the Birds!

I had a lot of fun making this card for the Splitcoaststampers CAS Challenge today. It was "Feathered Friends." I had been to Hobby Lobby and had picked up both of these stamps in their 75% off sale, so it was the perfect time to ink them up!

I embossed my card base (Ivory Heavyweight CS - Hobby Lobby) with the Flowers Cuttlebug embossing folder (an oldie I haven't used in awhile), and then made my front panel. The tag is from Julie Nutting's Tag Pad (Prima). I used the Wrinkle Free Distress technique, with two colors from my Distress ink (TH) collection. When dry, I stamped my bird and sentiment in VersaFine Smoky Slate (I LOVE this color!) and then added some Bay Leaf seam binding (Really Reasonable Ribbon) at the top. The last thing I did was add a very faint shadow under the bird with a Copic C1 marker.

Super cute little feathered friend! Happy Monday!
Challenges for this card: 
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter 
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes 
Crafty Animals - Always Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers - Things with Wings 
Crafter's Castle - Anything Goes+ optional: Share Your Favorite Distress Ink Technique 
Send a Smile for Kids - Anything Goes or Easter/Spring Cards

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Painting With Cardboard

I am always looking for fun techniques to add to my cards. There are so many ways to created interesting backgrounds using other mediums. Today I am using cardboard (toilet paper tube) and paint!

You may have done this with your kids to paint fireworks in the summer, or flowers in the spring. I am using this for bursts of love in February! 
First of all I chose my sweet image from Sweet n' Sassy Stamps' Valentine Critters set (now retired but available in digital format HERE.). I stamped on Georgia Pacific White cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and embossed with WOW! Clear Detail Embossing Powder. I colored him with Copics and then cut him out using my Big Shot. Next I cut my toilet paper tube into strips about an inch and a half deep.

I chose my paint colors to match tones in the image coloring. I used inexpensive acrylic paint for my two-tone background, painting large circles to "stamp" my cardboard in. I started with the lighter color, pink, and then used the same tube for the red.

The key here, as stated in the video, is to have a light touch when you pounce on your paper. Sometimes I would have too much force, and then I got a few blobs of paint.

Pounce as many times as you like to get the look you want. I wanted a more open look, so kept my pouncing to 3-4 times.

I made a couple of sheets and will save the other pieces for another project later. I did find, on my second sheet, that the look is different depending on the color you begin with. I started with the red the second time, and put pink on top. Just experiment and see what you like! These photos are from the first sheet.

Finally, I added some patterned paper from Authentique (available at Stamp Simply), lace (Really Reasonable Ribbon), and stamped the sentiment when the paint was dry. I popped my bunny up using Stampin' Up Dimensionals. I think he turned out pretty cute, don't you? In front of a burst of love!

Challenges for this card:
Addicted to Stamps - Have a Heart
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Love 
Dragonfly Journeys - Love
A Gem of a Challenge - Have a Heart (feature a heart)
Allsorts - Love Is In The Air 
Crazy 4 Challenges - Make a Valentine, Anniversary, Thinking of You or card showing support  
If You Gave A Crafter A Cookie - Photo Inspiration
Color Throwdown - Color Inspiration

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Crayon Rubbed Embossing

Today I want to share two cards (that are flat to mail!) using a technique called Crayon Rubbed Embossing. I shared these on Splitcoaststampers when I hosted this technique for our Technique Challenge 665.

The first was for a non-traditional Thanksgiving card that I mailed to my friend Lydia (UnderstandBlue).
I used a Sizzix embossing folder with branches and a bird for this crayon rubbing. I then brayered Broken China Distress Oxide over it several times until I got the depth of color that I wanted. I stamped my sentiment (Painted Harvest - SU!) with VersaFine Onyx Black, and then embossed with Clear Powder. I added a few sequins, and all done!

The second is a Christmas card that will go out today to another stamping friend (the recipient is a surprise still, obviously!).
I used the snowflake embossing folder for an over all design, using my white crayon for a "resist". I then brayered Broken China Distress Oxide over it several times until I got the depth of color that I wanted. I ran my red banner through the same embossing folder and my Big Shot, and matched it up to the Crayon Rubbing design. The sentiment is from Watercolor Christmas (SU!).

Both were fun to make! Give it a try. If you don't have a white crayon, a white candle works well too! 
Crafting With An Attitude - Always Anything Goes 
Through the Purple Haze - #140 Anything Goes

Monday, December 11, 2017

Coffee Gift Card Holder

Good morning!
The last month has been filled with preparation for the opening of our Community Theatre show, "It's A Wonderful Life." It has been a huge success on its first weekend, and we have four more performances this weekend to sold out crowds. That being said, I have missed my crafting time, but got to play with a fun tutorial on Splitcoaststampers last night after the show.

The tutorial is HERE. I used some pretty foil and glitter papers from The Paper Studio for my gift card holder -- no stamping! So it came together pretty quickly.

I added a Prima flower and some gold thread (Stampin' Up!) to the belly band. This one will be hand delivered, but I have another one that can be mailed and will show that one soon!

Happy to be able to be a part of the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!
Have a great week!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Little Porcupine Love

I am hosting the Splitcoaststampers Technique Challenge this week, and our technique is called Pencil Monochrome. You can find the tutorial HERE.
While my little Porcupine (Hambo Stamps) looks gray in this photo, he really is Sepia IRL. The green DSP also matches the enamel dots! Dang florescent lights! I liked the texture the pencil gave to his "fur" so didn't burnish to blend. I used a Prismacolor Pencil and Memento Tuxedo Black ink on my little guy, and VersaFine Onyx Black (crisper result) for the sentiment.

I just adore Hambo Stamps. They are my favorite for whimsical images. Their digi store is full of super adorable images!

Stamps: Porcupine (Hambo Stamps)
Paper: Crumb Cake (SU!), Ivory (HL), Merry Merry DP (Pebbles)
Paper Size: A2
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Prismacolor Sepia
Accessories: enamel dots (MME), pierced frame dies (Stephanie Barnard)
Techniques: Pencil Monochrome 

Addicted to Stamps - Use more than one Stamp
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes 
CCEE Stampers - Masculine Cards 
Hannah & Friends - Animals

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Oxides = Love

This card is one of my favorites made with my Gel Press plate - a 3x5 size that is a ton of fun. I used Distress Oxide inks on my Gel Press by stamping with the inks directly onto the plate. I spritzed with alcohol, and then pressed down my Bristol Vellum cardstock for a monoprint. Technique inspired by my sweet friend, Lydia Fiedler. I stamped my tree (Stampin' Up!) in Early Espresso ink and then popped up the main panel with foam tabs.The sentiment is from Unity's I Want To Know You sentiment kit. I love how it's a different way to say "thank you."

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Swipe Your Credit Card! No Purchase Necessary.

Happy Monday, crafting friends!

This project uses the super popular Distress Oxide Inks, and a fun background technique using a credit or other plastic (hotel) card.
My background was made using the "Swipe Your Credit Card" technique from Splitcoast. I let it dry and then used an alphabet stencil from Dylusions, sponging through the stencil until I got the depth of color I wanted (dark in some spots, lighter in others). 

My sentiment, fish and balloons are from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' Birthday Pals. I watercolored my fish with the Distress Oxide inks. I added a layer of dry embossed "water" for my fish using a Stampin' Up! embossing folder and my Big Shot,  and added some bling for the fish bubbles. I added some ombre DSP for the back panel base. A few Star Dust Stickles for her fins finished it off.

I like the mixed media look, and this was an easy way to achieve that! 
Stamps: Birthday Pals (Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps)
Paper: Heavyweight Cream (HL), Blue Raspberry (Poptone), Felicity DSP (Glitz)
Paper Size: 5.5 SQ
Ink: Distress Oxide Inks, VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories: rhinestones, Seaside EF (SU!), Star Dust Stickles, Birthday Pals and Speech Bubble dies (retired SNSS), alphabet stencil (Dylusions)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Hey Friend!

I adore this bird. Her name is Magnolia and she is part of a set of digital images from Vera Lane. I haven't worked with digi images in awhile, and have forgotten how fun it is to make them whatever size you want! So I went a little crazy and purchased a few of Janet's images for future use. Magnolia also has a purse, but she is a little busy holding her balloon and heart for her friend. 

I colored with Copic markers, added a little wood heart and sentiment (SU!) and some cute patterned paper from MME. Her shoes were the prettiest pink, and then I added Gold Wink of Stella, and they turned brown. Sparkly IRL, but I was disappointed in the color. Should have used my Clear! Oh well!

Sending prayers to all my Texas and Louisiana friends for safety this weekend!